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>> on the stream, >> the usda pulls 770 inspectors from poultry processing plants. join us on the stream to find out what that means for your food safety. >> the stream on al jazeera america >> breaking news this morning, an american doctor who contracted ebola in africa will soon be going home. the very latest on his recovery. >> we can glee a group like isil has no place in the 21s 21st century. >> president obama taking aim at the islamic state group in iraq after an american journalist violently murdered on tape, now sending more security iraq. >> there were no molotov
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cocktails, fires or shootings. >> a night of calm in ferguson, missouri after attorney general eric holder programses a fair investigation. a grand jury is now considering charges against the police officer accused of shooting an unarmed teen. >> israeli hitting hamas at the top, blasting this building, killing three top military leaders, saying they posed an imminent threat. hamas calls it a crime. >> we begin with breaking news about two americans being treated for ebola. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. >> i'm stephanie sy. dr. kent brantley is going to be released from the hospital. the health of his colleague is said to be improving enough to remove her from isolation. >> everybody is cheering the good news. we have more on these developments. >> we know the experimental drug administered to these two did its job. it appears that dr. kent brantley could be released as early as today. brantley is expected to take
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part in a press conference later this morning, discussing his condition and his discharge. >> 19 days after walking into atlanta's emery university hospital with ebola, it is being widely reported that dr. kent brantley will be released after spending nearly three weeks in a completely sealed off quarantine unit. his blood tests have reportedly come back negative for the ebola virus. the two were admitted earlier this month after contracting the deadly virus in liberia where they were treating others suffering the deadly disease. writebol is not expected to be released today, but her condition is apparently improving, as well. she may be removed from the hospital's isolation unit. the pair of aid workers appear to owe their lives to a serum administered called z map. they are the first human to say ever take the he can per mental drug. despite the apparent success of the treatment, there is a
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temporary down side, the drug's maker told "the new york times" they've run out of its limited supply of the serum. >> dr. brantley is expected to make a statement in a few hours. he is not he can specked to take questions. >> incredible that he is well enough to get up and speak in a few hours. >> a different picture in liberia, soldiers opening firing on residents inside a slum in monrovia, putting the area on lockdown to prevent the spread. residents demanded to be let out. one man was shot, no deaths are reported. >> in ferguson, no arrests during protests. >> attorney eric holder met with the family of michael brown and the people accused of shooting him.
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a grand jury is convening to consider criminal charges to the officer. what kind of impact did mr. holder's visit ever on the community? >> good morning, stephanie. people we've spoken to say that having such a high level federal official here is a powerful symbol that their vices finally being heard. even the captain overseeing the security here on the streets of ferguson pointed out early this morning, the mood has shifted with his visit. >> police have called a different dynamic, held for a second night in a row. a small group of peaceful protestors marched in the rain. detective ron johnson said it was a good night in ferguson. >> there were no molotov cocktails, no fires, no shootings. we did not see a single handgun. there were no confrontations. >> some credit attorney general eric holder's presence in ferguson with helping to ease
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tensions after more than a week of turmoil. >> my hope is that that will have--give people some degree of confidence that the appropriate things are being done by the federal government. >> holder is promising a thorough and fair investigation into the shooting death of 18-year-old michael brown by ferguson police officer derron wilson. holder spoke with residents at a local restaurant. >> some question why i was here. why would i be anywhere other than right here, right now. >> he met ron johnson, a missouri state police captain trying to keep the peace in ferguson. >> he spoke privately with michael brown's parents. >> my son was 18, about a graduate from high school.
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wednesday a grand jury heard a first day of testimony to determine whether criminal charges will be filed against officer wilson. outside the courthouse, protestors demanded he be arrested and prosecuted. >> everybody needs to know, deserves to know, wants to know what and why and if there's something to be done about it. >> with previous flashes between protestors and police, it's clear that law enforcement officials are trying to mend relations. a spokesman with a missouri state highway patrol and i should release mentioning two state troopers were on the street in ferguson, note add basketball hoop needed to be radar and went and bought a new net and replaced it, much to the happiness of the kids in the neighborhood. >> sometimes it's the little things. there were new reports this morning about possible injuries suffered by the officer?
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>> we cannot independently confirm this at this point, but other media outlets are reporting that officer wilson suffered serious injuries. a friend of officer wilson is saying that during the altercation with brown, before wilson began shooting, he suffered a serious facial injury. the ferguson police chief did mention an injury to the face last week, but he just didn't provide specifics. >> thank you. >> we want to show you this st. louis police releasing cell phone footage showing a fatal shooting by officers two days ago. what you are about to see is graphic. [bleep] >> they got their guns out. [ gunfire ] >> now police were saying the 23-year-old had a knife and that he was yelling shoot me, shoot
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me when those officers opened fire. >> del, president obama this morning is considering sending more troops to iraq, vow that go keep up the fight against the islamic state group after the murder of journalist james foley. >> the united states tried to rescue foley and other hostages. that mission failed. >> james foley's painful death, which we will not show, was posted on line as a warning message to the united states. get out of iraq. >> we now know president barack obama took measures to try to save him, sending special forces into syria because they thought they knew the location of the american hostages. former c.i.a. senior official said they must have had strong intelligence for the president to order the mission. >> the chances of you getting the helicopter or two or more of americans in the situation would be very, very difficult if not impossible to extract them would give people a lot of pause. >> using special forces like the
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ones pictured here went into the location. the hostages were not there. there was a firefight. several fighters were killed, one american slightly injured. the message came hours after the family asked if they did enough to save him. >> all i'm saying is what we have been doing today wasn't enough. >> it wasn't enough. >> there are two other journalists missing in syria, austin tyco and we know steven is held by the islamic state group and threatened to kill him if the u.s. does not stop is bombing campaign. >> the united states will do what it must do to protect our people. we will be relentless. we will see that justice is done. >> u.s. officials are not ruling
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out going in after the people responsible for the deaths if they can find them. right now the focus is on finding the other americans before they meet the same fate. aljazeera, washington. >> let's go to libby casey live in washington. what do we know about any potential troop build up in iraq. >> the white house may send as many as 300 more troops into iraq. this would be to help with security around baghdad. that's where the u.s. embassy is. u.s. officials maintained their primary goal is to protect u.s. personnel and facilities. of course that mission expanded. airstrikes are also continuing despite the video that was put on line two days ago. 14 more airstrikes yesterday brings us to more than 80 that have been launched in the last two weeks. >> libby, why exactly is washington coming forward at this point in time to talk about that failed rescue mission for foley and others? >> the spokeswoman for the
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national security council put out a statement saying that they had never in tended to reveal this information about the attempted rescue mission, but that media outlets were on the verge of reporting it, so basically, they wanted to preempt that and get ahead of the news story. >> also, what do we know about the other journalists still held hostage in syria? >> steven formerly of time magazine did appear at the end of that video with a direct warning to the president, as well as americans generally about the future of his fate. he's from miami. we are worrying about austin tice. he is missing. he's worked for news outlets like the washington post. the committee to protect journalists say 19 reporters have gone missing in syria over the last couple of years since the conflict there began. >> libby casey live in washington, thank you very much.
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>> we want to go live to phil ittner in london, because, phil, british intelligence agencies are now investigating the killings of james foley. what are they looking for in that video? >> well, stephanie, first and foremost, it's clear that the accent that that man in the video used is a southern resident of england. they're looking at that kind of region including london and the surrounding areas, looking at facial recognition for what they can see in particularly the eyes, vocal recognition. they are also putting out pleas to the islamic community, anybody who may think they are related to this man or an quaint to answer of his should get in touch. that is reported by islamic leaders here. they are checking a data face of 500 citizens they believe have gone to the region to fight in the conflict there. >> based on that estimate, hundreds of british muslims recruited to fight for the islamic state. how concerned is the british
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government? >> deeply concerned. prime minister david cameron has said that the threat from these individuals who go to that region is paramount in britain and they're very worried about them coming back and applying skills learned in the war zone. he has said there has got to be a way from stopping british citizens from going to the region. >> far too many british citizens have traveled to iraq and syria to take part in extremism and violence. what we must do is redouble all our efforts to stop people going, to take away the passport ofs november contemplating travel and arrest those taking part in extremism and violence. take extremist material off the internet and do everything we can to keep our people safe and that is what this government will do. >> it has to be said that under british law, it is actually
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illegal to support financially the islamic state or to call for people to go and fight there. they have made that a law. in addition to that, just today, they've made it illegal to distribute the video of the execution of james foley. >> phil, thank you. >> more rockets and missiles overnight in gaza, officials saying 24 people have been killed, three military leaders. jane ferguson is live right now in rafah. tell us what it is that you are in front of right now. >> it was once a building. until 1:00 a.m., this is where those three hamas military commanders were stake the night. it was hit by israel airstrikes, roundabout 1:00 a.m. local time. it was completely destroyed as you can see. this neighborhood is a
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recommended neighborhood. these were three very senior hamas military commanders. al atar was believe to be link said to the kidnapping of an israel soldier kidnapped eight years ago, held for years before he was eventually released in a prisoner swap for over 1,000 palestinian prisoners released at the time. also, another is believed to be a senior commander of hamas.
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in 2012, the number two hamas was killed by the israelis. it's believed that he was tipped to replace him. this is very significant for the israelis. they've been coming under pressure back home to have something to show for this war, six weeks of airstrikes, some incident resulted by the ceasefire, but over 2,000 civilian deaths here. they've been under pressure to show their own population back home and now that's exactly how they're going to show these three deaths. >> jane, thank you very much. >> hamas responded today by firing rockets. nick schiffron is live in jerusalem. what is being said about the attack on the three hamas commanders by israel? >> last point there is absolutely right, israel is congratulating itself this
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morning. the prime minister benjamin netanyahu releasing a statement very quickly after the three deaths were quirked, congratulating the exceptional work of the israeli military and the domestic security service that also spies inside of gaza. he said they worked soldier to joel injury so pro vent future hamas attacks. taking quit for this after five weeks of deadly war. critics would say israel has assassinated hamas commanders in the past and they are always replaced. the airport is functioning normally. we have rocket fire 10 to 15 miles away from the airport. hamas has struck the airport before, lead to go a 24 hour
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closure. that has not happened at all this time, despite the fact that hamas threatened all international flights last night. there's a small jewish community right on the border of gaza, at least a dozen mortars fill into niraz and one civilian got shrapnel in his chest. that is the first israeli injury since this no round of conflict began, as jane said, more than two dozen palestinians have been killed in the same time. >> nick schiffron in jerusalem, thank you. >> all week long, we've tracked wildfires out west this morning. no break yet for the fire threat. >> let's bring in meteorologist dave warren. what is happening in california. >> not much is happening, there's very little rain, even though the moisture is close, we are starting to see the smoke in the valleys. you see that lay down at night,
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causing air quality issues and then smoke may lift throughout the afternoon, but not seeing much in the way of rain. rain is all around the state of california, cannot get the showers developing here. moisture is from the tropical storm lowell, pushing up across the ba. >> peninsula and southwest. this is fueling thunderstorms that develop in the afternoon, these monsoonal showers and moisture coming up aided by the tropical storm. we'll continue to see these showers develop, but we're not getting that rain over areas of california where it is desperately needed. >> ok, thank you. >> we are still talking about the rough road ahead for ferguson, missouri. >> attorney general eric holder is promising a fair investigation. we're looking at the many hurdles facing the local and federal probes. >> a highway patrol officer in california now facing criminal charges after this. seen on videotape beating a woman on the side of a busy road. >> russia shuts down some
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mcdonald's restaurants for health violation, but some say the move is anti american. >> today's number is $3,002,000,000.
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>> america's team, as they call themselves just got a little more valuable. that is today's big number, 3.2 monday. >> that is the new evaluation for the dallas cowboys, the eighth straight year they topped the list. >> second on that list, the new england patriots, and spanish soccer giant real madrid is the most valuable franchise in the world at $3.4 billion. >> barcelona is worth at much as the cowboys. welcome to al jazeera america. >> charges are now being considered against a california highway patrol officer. you may recall that he was seen on tape beat ago woman on the side of the road. >> first, the streets were quieter in ferguson, missouri.
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>> there is a local probe and federal probe underway for the shooting death of that unarmed team. attorney emeric holder is calling for calm. >> eric holder wasted no time stepping into a city where frustration and anger have boiled over since a police officer shot and killed an unarmed teen, michael brown. he met with state police kept ron johnson and more than 50 concerned community members, some sharing personal experiences dealing with local police officers. the attorney general promised the most experienced justice department and agents are handling the civil rights investigation, charged with determining whether there has been a pattern are excessive force, discrimination or harassment by the ferguson police. >> i want eric holder to know, look at this situation himself, evaluate it. he's an attorney. he knows. use your own judgment as an
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attorney and think about the situation that has been going on here and think what would be in the best interest of justice for both parties, for the officer and for the victim, and for the community. >> meanwhile, across town, protestors are expressing their concerns about the local criminal investigation into the shooting and the officer who fired the shots. >> justice has to be served to derron wilson. >> they are worried about the man heading it up, prosecutor bob mcculloch, the son of a white st. louis police officer killed by a black man in 1964. >> he should step back, because he's too close to the process and should step out of the process, ask for an independent prosecuting attorney to step in for this case. >> the prosecutor's been in office since 1991 and reelected most recently this month. the prosecutor planned to start presenting evidence to a grand jury wednesday, including this surveillance video showing mike
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brown involved in a robbery as a convenience store. there are witness accounts, too. some say brown had his hands up and surrounding when the police officer fired the deadly shots. other accounts suggest brown was actually charging the officer when he was killed. both the local investigation and the federal civil rights case will proceed at the same time, and it will be weeks, perhaps months before the legal path becomes clear. >> joining us now to discuss the investigation further is mark furnago, professor at brooklyn law school. thanks for being with us. let's start with the role of the county prosecutor and whether buys plays into it at all. >> i don't think it plays into it at all. it's a complete red herring, the man has been in office for 23 years, people are saying because he has family that is police officers, because his father was shot dead that he can't make an objective and impartial decision. there's no evidence to support
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that. any bias he would have, he would probably go the opposite way in this high profile of a case to appear objective. even if he were biased, this is the right thing to do, punt it over to a grand jury and let them decide. >> what will the grand jury be looking at in coming days? what kind of evidence? >> hearsay evidence, principlely, because there are no rules of evidence that apply in grand juries. they'll take their time. they only meet once a week. that's the nature of a grand jury and consider what prosecutors give them. by and large, it's a myth that there's a neutral body and you can expect to see some sort of indictment in this case. >> they'll be looking at testimony from officer derron williams presumably. >> has he no right to testify in a grand jury. they have to invite him to testify and if i'm his lawyer, i have him take the fifth and not say anything. >> what kind of charges could he face?
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>> it's too early to say, because nobody knows the facts. what's leaking out, it sounds like a bad case, like it was a shooting from afar while the victim was retreating, so you can see anything from intentional murder to reckless murder to some sort of manslaughter charges. >> they might have the autopsy results but won't necessarily hear from an autopsy expert? >> they don't have to. oftentimes, an agent will summarize the information that's been developed in the investigation. it will probably go farther in this type of investigation. the autopsy report sounds like a very damaging piece of evidence. >> what are the differences between a police officer and a civilian when it comes to these grand jury proceedings? >> i don't think there's much of a difference. you're talking about the on that particulars of it. >> the optics of it or do things have to be considered differently because of the position of the officer? >> no, judges instruct juries that the credibility of police officers is judged the same as
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anybody else. >> a california highway patrol officer caught on camera punching a woman in the head. you can see him punching her over and over again. an investigation has been turned over to the l.a. district attorney's offers for review. that officer has been on paid leave since the incident july 1. >> next stop for the governor, the governor's desk for a bill regulating coal ash in north carolina, lawmakers passing that bill yesterday. it is toxic and there was a major spill from duke energy months ago. >> on the weather front, there is a system brewing in the tropics. >> a controversy brewing in social media. we explain. >> this image has gone going around, shared over 70,000 times and not from a reputable source, it talks about a major hurricane affecting the gulf.
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what the national hurricane center has had to do was address this type of thing. when you see something like that, you don't share it. get your weather from reputable sources. here's the system and here's the guidance that we're talking about. it's these lines that indicate the center of the storm, no question it will continue to track to the northwest, but a lot of storm forecasts continue to turn to the north and one or two take it into the gulf. there is a chance, but looks like the guidance beginning to move this up the coast and it's a ways away. they're not trying to pinpoint the actual forecast yet. we have to watch how this area of high pressure acts as this area professionals. that's one thing to keep in mind here over the next few days. >> he was sent to ferguson to keep the peace. >> now a police officer has been suspended after caught on this video threatening to kill protestors and journalists. >> there has been another security breach of a major
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american company, u.p.s. saying thousands of its customers may have been hit by hackers
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>> you're looking live at gaza, smoke rising over the area following an israeli air strike, hamas firing rockets into israel, as well. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. >> i'm stephanie sy. a humanitarian cries in iraq, a look as how the yazidis are living after fleeing the islamic state group. >> a volcano in iceland close to erupting, the last time this happened, it shut down travel into and out of europe. >> hamas says an israeli air strike has killed three top military leaders, hitting a house in rafah. israel said the three were
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plotting to kill israelis. israeli said hamas will pay the price. >> a doctor who contracted ebola could soon be heading home. he is set to speak at a news conference in a few hours. the health of his colleague nancy writebol is improving enough to remove her from isolation. >> a calm night in ferguson, missouri, a few arrests but little violence. a grand jury is convening to consider the shooting of unarmed teen michael brown. eric holder is promising a thorough federal investigation. >> there was a new controversy in ferguson, an officer taken off the streets for what he did before the protests. >> this officer threatened to kill a protestor? >> yes, and it was all caught on camera. this is the officer. he has been suspended indefinitely after he pointed a
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semiautomatic assault rifle at a protestor in ferguson. take a look the exchange here. >> get back! get back! >> you're going to kill him. >> he threatened to kill him. >> get back. >> what's your name, sir? >> go [bleep] yourself. >> you heard the officer threatening to kill a protestor, moments later a sergeant forces the officer to lower his weapon and removes him from the area. ron johnson had strong words about the officer's actions. >> my personal opinion, i felt that behavior disrespected his uniform, also disprompted all the men and women that have come out here each and every day in a dedicated effort to make ferguson a better place for all. >> the st. louis post dispatch identifies the officer at lt. ray albers.
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he's been with the saint ann police department since 1994. turns out he has been disciplined in the past. we'll have more on that and why the officer said he raised the weapon to begin with, coming up in hour next hour. >> thank you very much. >> protestors are expected to gather around the country for a national day of rage. dozens of rallies are planned by the group anonymous to protest the police shooting of michael brown. anonymous and supporters want touses the police officer who shot brown arrested. >> let's go to jason johnson, a political science professor and aljazeera political contributor, joining us from ferguson. let's talk about eric holder's visit to ferguson. what do you think he told them to calm the fears that this whole incident may be swept under the rug? >> i don't think he can necessarily do that for the people who are on the ground, because most of the women, men and women out here protesting last night and walking through the streets weren't in that
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closed door meeting with eric holder. what he did tell community leaders is we are vigorously pursuing this case, going to make sure nothing slips through the cracks and i can tell you directly that the president of the united states is actively engaged. he's hoping there is a bit of a trickle down. the officers last night felt that was the case. >> we talked to a minister yesterday who said that they only want the officer indicted, but also convicted and anything else, anything short of that will spark more violence. is the justice department walking a tightrope in ferguson? >> i don't think they're really walking a tightrope. that tightrope's already snapped and burned. you had four or five days of civil unrest, places getting burned. you have an officer to threatened to shoot people two days ago who got suspended. you have an officer who shot and killed someone in the middle of the day a week and a half ago,
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so the community believes that if threatening somebody gets you suspended, shooting should get you a bit more. i think the department of justice realizes what's probably going to be necessary to make people happy. we don't know if that's going to happen. >> attorneys telling those gathered that i am the u.s. attorney, but there are reports that he also said that i am a black man. is there a risk he could alienate whites and what happens if a white u.s. attorney said i am a u.s. attorney but i am also a white man? >> well, since almost all of our u.s. attorneys before have been white man, i don't think that would be strange for him to say that. i think what eric holder was trying to say to the community at large and people in the room, i have a certain level of empathy that may or may not have been something that existed in previous administrations, so i am here to tell you that i will make sure that not only do i follow the law, because i am committed to that law, but will do so with an emapproximate pathoand history of these kinds
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of relationships between a community and police department. that's important for people here. the idea of alienating any particular population right now has to take a seat behind actually pursuing justice and making sure a community feels healed and protected. >> by the same token, the prosecutor there, bob mcculloch saying i am empathize with the family because i lost a loved one to violence, approximately, in this case, his father killed by an african-american. >> right. well, it's a completely different situation. when you have a member of your family who is shot by the police department, who is a representative of the government, and then that very same government appears to engage in highly irregular behavior of hiding that gentleman's name, not releasing incident reports, not releasing autopsies and toxicologies, it's a different level of concern. if the community had a good
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relationship with local law enforcement, the police and the mayor, we wouldn't have seen four or five days of unrest. i don't think there's a great deal of confidence in the county attorney and we've been hearing that from the community at large regardless of color. >> jason johnson, thank you very much for being with us. >> del, in iraq, human rights groups are looking into reports of genocide, the islamic state group killed hundreds yazidis. we are with the survivors, trapped with nowhere to go. >> when the gunman came to the village, they ordered all the men to the school yard. he's the only one of his immediate family to survive. these men are also from the village. each one among the only remaining members of their families. >> they put us in the back of two vehicles, 12 or 13 of us in each. we were taken behind the village where we could see bodies that had been shot before us. they lined us up and i managed
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to run away. they shot me, and i was hit in my leg. >> his uncle said in the town of about 1800, only 200 survived. these two also survived the massacre. he is 13 and the only surviving member of his family. >> five of my brothers were killed, and i saw my father killed. when i saw all the armed people shooting, i hit under a pile of bodies and pretended i was dead. >> everyone here has been touched by tragedy. they're all from sinjar, almost everyone was on sinjar mountain. they walked down into syria and back into iraq again, but they're journey isn't over. >> on the mountain, people were hungry and thirsty and didn't know what would happen to them. they still don't. this is the new sinjar mountain,
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thousands of people are stranded here. after what happened in their villages, they say neck never go home again. it's not just the massacres, it's the death of an entire way of life. >> 5,000 people are crammed into this construction site near the border of the kurdish region and turkey. many of them say men from the surrounding arab villages supported the islamic state group and were involved in the kidnappings and killings. for more than a thousand years, the yazidis ever quietly practiced their religion and kept to themselves. they thought it would keep them safe. they were wrong. aljazeera, northern iraq. >> the yazidis are not the only group targeted. christians and shia muslims have also been attacked and killed. more than 1.5 million people have been displaced. >> in ukraine, government forces continue to advance on pro russian strongholds in the east.
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fifty people have been killed in clashes since tuesday. a military jet shut down. russia saying an aid convoy has now crossed into ukraine today. more than 270 trucks have been waiting for approval follow kiev. >> thailand's military ruler will be the next prime minister. the legislature voted for him. he was the only candidate put forward. all members of the legislature were appointed by the ruling junta. he has been in charge since the coup in may at a toppled the government. >> judges have just begun delivering a verdict on the election. the court is asked to overturn the results in indonesia, claiming the vote was
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fraudulent. >> in california, certificates are going to be a little friendlier to same sex calls, allowing parents to identify themselves as the mother, father or parent. advocates say that change is subtle, but huge in the message it sends about equality. the bill is on the governor's desk for signature. the new application will be available in 2016. >> u.p.s. is the latest victim of a security breach. >> is this like other attacks we ever seen on major department stores? >> it is. it all began about a year ago in the 2013 holiday shopping season. some pretty famous names like target and niemann marcus and michael's and sally beauty were all among the first to be hit a year ago. it's just gone on and on and on from there with airlines and hoe terms and government democrats being struck. the logistics company, u.p.s.'s
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malware was discovered on its in store cash register systems in 20 states around the country. customers who use debit or credit cards between january and august may have had their information compromised. the good news, u.p.a. says the malware was accident happened. what a great word that is, accident happened. of course target was the -- how can we put this, the target really of one of the biggest data preaches of all time last year. the cost of putting things right has dented second quarter earnings. between may and august, it made just $234 million. i say just, because you compare that to the $611 million in the same period last year, so that's quite a financial hit for target. >> bank of america is on the verge of settling its mortgage probe with the justice department. d.o.j.'s expected to announce
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the $17 billion agreement today. the bank is expected to pay around $10 billion in cash and offer $7 billion in customer relief. bank of america is the biggest culprit of packaging shoddy mortgages and selling them to us in the run up to the 2008 financial crisis. mainly, though, through its acquisition of merle lunch and the mortgage firm country wide financial. isn't that ironic? they thought they were doing the government a favor taking those two on, now the government turns around and sues them. that announcement, 9:00 a.m. eastern today. >> the government said somebody had to pay. >> let's look at other headlines making news around the world. authorities in california are dealing with tracking down two people of interest in a selfie. a woman got robbed. this is the l.a. times. she logs in on to her cloud account, and she sees these random selfies of two people she has never seen before.
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it's unclear whether the couple was involved in the burglary or maybe purchased a stolen device then took the picture. they are trying to track them down, thinking they may have something to do with the burglary. >> radio stations have that feature called crooks are dumb. >> once it goes into the cloud, nobody can track it. >> there i see a new study that says controversial full body scans at airports weren't too effective. guns, knives, fake explosives among other things went undetected. they couldn't detect contraband covered in plumber's tape. they tried to get in fake bombs. they went out and bought one of those body scanners. somebody placed it for auction for $50,000 and then did the tests. >> t.s.a. doesn't use these anymore, but jails and courthouses are purchasing them, and they are vulnerable, basically. >> russia, we've talked about
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mcdonald's and they have had a problem business-wise. now russia has closed four mcdonald's in moscow over alleged sack tear violations. the wall street journal said it's russia's response to sanctions over the controversy with the u.s.a. that mcdonald's opened to huge lines in 1990. >> it was a huge deal. it was packed. >> they've closed all the mcdonald's in crimea after the annex. >> that would be a crime in crimea. >> ok. >> kidnapped by the islamic state in syria. >> shedding new light on the group and who's funding. >> 10 stories underground in new york city. >> a modern man may have lived alongside prehistoric humans for thousands of years. it's our discovery of the day.
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>> it is time now for our discovery of the day. researchers taking a new look at neanderthals. they lived alongside homo sayens. >> new carbon dating found they started disappearing 40 million years ago. >> those are recreation pictures, by the way. >> dramatic footage of a man rescued deep below new york city. >> there has been word wide condemnation for the murder of
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american journalist james foley. >> the u.s. taking steps to avenge his death. >> it took u.s. intelligence nearly 24 hours to confirm that islamic state group fighters murdered james foley. >> jim was taken from us in an act of violence that shocks the conscience entire world. >> he disappeared in november, 2012. he had been covering syria's civil war. many believed that the assad government had thrown him in jail. it's not clear how he came to be in i.s. custody, given the battles against i.s. fighters in recent months. in the u.s.a., it highlights a long standing security concern that radicalized muslims are going to syria to fight. his killer spoke with a london accent. some experts think that more than 2,000i.s. fighters come from europe and western
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countries, the implication, they could leave syria and iraq and take they're idealogy home. >> it is unprecedented. we haven't seen anything like that since the afghan conflict against the soviet union. it could give rise to a new generation of jihadists, who have become involved in organizations like al-qaeda. >> in the state of new hampshire, foley's family spoke of their loss. >> we know jimmy's free. he's finally free and we know he's in god's hands. we know god's work and we know he's in heaven. >> apart from continuing airstrikes in iraq's for national security, obama said more must be done to keep i.s. from killing again. in governments across the middle
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east, this cancer has to be extracted so it does not spread. there ha has to be a clear rejection of this ideology. a group like isil has no place in the 21st century. >> a props to avenge his death with a focus on the big picture. aljazeera, the state department. >> islamic state has been described as the richest terrorist group on the planet. let's talk about that with j.j. green, an aljazeera america security contributor joining us from washington. thanks for being with us. the islamic state group, what do we know he about its funding sources? >> they do a number of criminal activities, robbery, shake downs and tax, collect taxes from people in the area where they supposedly are "governing," and they say that these people would rather pay them taxes than pay
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the government they supposedly replaced. they get a lot of donations from wealthy sympathizers in the region and other places, and they also knocked over the mosul central bank, which essentially gave them something on the order of almost $500 million, so that's a really quick way to make yourself wealthy, knocking over big central banks. most of what they have is in gold bouillon, but still, it is a very wealthy terror group and probably the most wealthy on the planet. >> they seem well organized. what is their focus on finances portend about i.s.'s goal to become a caliphate, a state actor? >> well, they have bill to say pay. they collect that money and supposedly they are worth a couple of billion dollars, but it's not sitting in a bank or in a building or even in suitcases. >> where is the money? >> they actually have to spend
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it. they have to pay people to work and to run things. they've got bills to pay. when they took over the mosul dam, they didn't fire the people and kick the people out that ran it. they asked them to continue to do their work. the sunni's there in that part of the world are savvy. they've gone through situations like this with al-qaeda from the iraq war and other times and recognize as long as they've the an opportunity to make money and improve their lives, they're ok. they may not necessarily agree with what isil is doing, but if they're getting paid, they're going to go along with its program. if not, it's goodbye isil, but that's what they have to do. they have to spend this money to pay their bills. they're not sitting on it. >> this group a lot of people are saying will survive for a long time because they have all of this money. what should be done to stem this funding? >> well, one thing for sure is to track down the sources of this money and the u.s.
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government is very good at that, blocking sources of funding, and the u.s. allies are also participants in these programs. they find these donors and figure out how to get into their finances and stop them, block them, to make it difficult for them to donate money or to embarrass them out of donating money to them. those are just a couple of the ways. the other tried and true way is to go after the members of the organization who are getting the money, and who are making the requests and who may not be noticed or recognized on the world scene, but may be working behind the scenes to secure this money, to go after those people and that's already underway. >> j.j. green, aljazeera america security contributor joining us from washington, thanks a lot, mr. green. >> a dramatic rescue in new york city,ativing a construction worker injured hundreds of feet underground, struck by a pipe while working on a subway
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tunnel. a crane hoisted him to safety. the 300 feet hole, he is expected to survive. >> the threat of severe weather continues in the midwest. let's get a look at your forecast. >> not much changing here with the weather pattern. we have an area of high pressure that is centered over the southeast. just to the north that have, not under the high, but just the north around this high, you get the threat for severe weather, moisture continues to come up from the south. severe weather likely across this area and pictures that came in yesterday, right aren't iowa and across the entire area showing lightning and strong storms that affected the area. that will continue again today. here's a big lightning strike right there, continuing again today, not only across iowa, but this entire area, severe weather watches in effect, expect more severe weather throughout the day today and heat building up through the south. >> thank you. >> ahead, we're going to talk
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about a volcano square overseas and why it threatens air travel. >> 25 years after banned from baseball, pete rose asks for forgiveness. >> we are back in two minutes with more aljazeera america.
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>> we are following breaking news this morning opinion the significant recovery for two americans infected with ebola. >> dr. kept brantley is going to be reds from the hospital. nancy writebol is going to be removed from isolation. >> we have more on these new developments. this is incredible, considering the doctor was near death a few weeks ago. >> today's news is a miraculous turn every vents, the
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32-year-old texan set to leave the hospital 19 days after walking in with ebola. while there, he spent three weeks in a quarantine unit, but over the last two days, his blood tests have come back negative for the virus. both brantley and writebol were admitted to the hospital after contracting the deadly view us in liberia where they were treating others suffering from the deadly illness. writebol is in the expected to be released today, but her condition is improving, as well and she may be removed from the hospital's isolation unit. the pair of missionaries both received an experimental serum. they are the first humans to take the drug. experts say there is not enough conclusive proof that it was this treatment that made the difference. the drug's maker has told "the new york times" they've run out of its limited supply as of now of the serum. >> once again, dr. kent brantley
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is expected to have a increase conference today at 11:00 a.m. he is not expected to take questions at that time. >> the fact that he's going to be there in incredible in itself. >> absolutely. some would call it a miracle. >> international outrange is growing over the brutal killing of american journalist james foley. >> the white house tried to rescue him and other hostages earlier this summer. that mission failed. officials in the u.k. are investigating claims that his captors had british ties. >> we'll have team coverage this morning. phil ittner is in london but let's start with libby casey in washington. what do we know about this failed mission? >> good morning, stephanie. it's a mission that the white house said it had no plans to reveal, but imminent press reports forced its hand. that's according to an administration spokeswoman. as we learn about that failed rescue mission, the world is still reacting to the death of james foley.
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>> good afternoon, everybody. >> condemnation. >> today the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of jim foley by the terrorist group isil. >> and a vow by the president to vigorously pursue the islamic state. >> the united states of america will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. we will be vigilant and we will be ve lentless. >> that includes rescue operations of americans held by the group. wednesday, the white house announced that earlier this summer, it authorized such a rescue attempt inside syria, but after a firefight between american com man dose and militants, the hostages were not at the targeted location. >> in new hampshire, an outpouring of grief hi his parents. >> jim believed in our country, we're a great country. jim was a great american, and he
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believed in the very best of our country. >> terrific. i mean people can die in lots of different ways, but this was horrific. it haunts me that he -- how much pain he was in. >> britain investigates whether his executioner was one of their own. >> it was an act of murder without justification. we have not identified the person responsible on the video, but it looks increasingly likely that it is a british citizen. this is deeply shocking. >> also wednesday, foley's employer revealed that the journalists parents were contacted by the islamic state and delivered a chilling message in the wake of u.s. airstrikes against the militant soon any group. >> wednesday night of last week, the family, the foley family
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received an email from the kidnappers that was full of rage against the united states for the bombing, and they stated that they would execute jim. >> with the islamic state now threatening to kill another journalist, miami based steven sotloff, ending the air campaign against those moo murdered foley is not likely. >> there has to be a common effort to extract this cancer so that it does not spread. >> air strikes continued yesterday, even in the aftermath of the video reds. 14 airstrikes launched by the u.s., and that totals american 80 over the past two weeks. >> there's news that the u.s. may send more troops to iraq. what can you tell us about that? >> that's right. there is a potential to send 300 more troops, their mission to
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protect baghdad, especially the u.s. embassy there. the u.s. has said the primary mission is to protect u.s. personnel and facilities. that mission has grown and changed, depending on other complications in the country. if 300 more troops are sent, it may mean a total of 100 personnel, u.s. troops on the ground. >> people talking this morning about president obama returning to vacation after he gave his speech about james foley. how has that affected his image in this crisis? >> he's in martha's vineyard on a two week vacation. it has had numerous interruptions. yesterday after talking about the killing of james foley and what it means for the u.s., the larger world, the president did head back to play a round of golf, so that's gotten some criticism. the white house for its part as the president addressed ferguson and what's happening in iraq, as he's addressed the polite of the yazidis has said look, it's
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never a perfect time for the president to take time away from his job with his family. they're emphasizing that he's always close by to his advises. of course many people are looking at how it all appears, the optics of that transition yesterday. >> libby casey live in washington, thank you. >> let's go live to phil ittner in london. british intelligence also investigating the death of james foley. what are they looking for specifically in that video? >> they have a database of about 500 british citizens that have traveled to the region to either link up with the islamic state or some other rebel group in the region. they are check that go database, doing vocal recognition, the eyes that are visible not video are being checked. we are hearing reports from the british press of somebody held by this group saying they believe that that gentleman in
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the video is a londoner by the name of john. that gels with the accent which is basically a london or southern england accent. this is a high priority for the british intelligence. >> it is estimated that there are hundreds of british muslims recruited to fight for the islamic state. are they concerned in the united kingdom? >> they are deeply concerned, del and have been for quite some time. we've been hearing about these british citizens who go there and the concern is that they will return. now, bringing those skills that they learned there and possibly conducting terrorist attacks here in the u.k., they have made it illegal to support or join the islamic state. they are also now making it illegal here in britain to distribute the video of the death of james foley, but this is something that the brits have been concerned about for quite some time. dell. >> live in london this morning, phil, thank you very much. >> we heard more from james foley's family at a news
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conference in front of their home in new hampshire, his parents breaking down speaking about his life and passion for his job. >> he was strong, courageous, loving to the end. we just hardly recognize our little boy. i mean, he just -- he was just a hero. you know. >> you know, from the videos, his last words were i wish i had more time to see my family. >> so, jim had a big heart, and just, i just, you know, that's what we shared with president obama. you know, we just pray that jim's death can bring our country together in a stronger way and with the values that jim holds dear. >> held dear. >> held dear. jim would never want us to hate or be bitter. >> his parents are also operating for the mercy and safe
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return of other journalists held in syria. del. >> let's talk about ferguson, the grand jury investigation now underway. the attorney general promising a thorough civil rights probe. it was a peaceful night on wednesday in ferguson, police reporting six arrests compared to 47 the night before. missouri highway patrol captain ron johnson calling it a good night. natasha is live in ferguson right now. the attorney general paying a visit. what did he do on the ground? >> >> holder of course met with law enforcement officials. the department of justice has its own investigation that its conducting. he met with community leaders. he stopped by a local restaurant to talk to people and he also melt privately with michael brown's parents for about 15 minutes. some people we've spoken to have said they believe that having such a high profile federal figure here is showing them that their concerns are finally being
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heard. >> also last night, a lot quieter than we have seen in recent days, so what did police have to say about wednesday's protest? >> the mood has shifted, according to police. as you noted, a much smaller number of arrests last night. they say that the crowds were smaller, there were no molotov cocktails, no shooting. police did be sure to appointment out they thought local clergy had helped play a role in keeping the peace. >> you can also tell how the night is going by the radio traffic. tonight, the radios were mostly quiet. light traffic on the radios and light traffic on the street. crowds were smaller. they were calm, and orderly. >> despite the last couple of nights of relative calm, the previous nights of clashes between police and protestors
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have made law enforcement aware that they need to mend relations with the community. the missouri state highway patrol mentioned two troopers were on the streets of ferguson, noticed a basketball hoop in need of rare and went out and bought to new net. >> what can you tell us about reports out of ferguson about officer derron wilson who shot michael brown, what are those reports saying? >> we haven't independently confirmed this, but other media outlets are reporting that officer derron wilson suffered a serious injury. a friend is saying that wilson had an altercation with brown before the shooting and suffered a serious facial injury. this is something that the ferguson police chief mentioned last week, but didn't get specific. >> live in ferguson, missouri, natasha, thank you. >> the organizers are saying it will be a national day of rage, dozens of pro tests planned around the country following the
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shooting death of michael brown. the rallies are being organized by anonymous. supporters want to see the officer, derron wilson who shot and killed michael brown arrested. >> overseas, a wave of airstrikes in gaza has killed dozens. among the dead, three top hamas leaders. nick schiffron is live in jerusalem. how significant is it for israel to have killed these three hamas commanders? >> good morning. little very significant. these three commanders have been on israel's list for quite a long time. the first lived in syria and libya to raise money for hamas, also smuggling weapons into gaza. he's the equivalent of a colonel, according to the israeli military. number two was in charge of the rafah regions in southern gaza where so much of the violence has happened. he was a brigade commander, kind of a brigadier general in the u.s. military, according to officials in the israeli
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military. the main target is basically a two star, the equivalent of in hamas' command and control structure, in charge of all of southern gaza, responsible for four major attacks on israel between 1994 and 2006 that killed four israeli soldiers and injured more than 20. these are people israel has been trying to kill in the past. people who support this kind of assassination campaign say that it reduces hamas' morale and gives the prime minister here, benjamin netanyahu something tangible after so much war to point to israelis, especially to israelis in the south who have had to undergo that barrage of rocket attacks. critics wall it whack a mole, saying israel has long assassinated hamas commanders, they are simply replaced with other people and nothing changes. >> what about on the diplomatic front, any idea when the two
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sides may go back to negotiations? >> right now, the two sides have no interests. a seen year official in the negotiations say they indirectly continue. egyptian officials are talking to gaza officials, hamas and israel separately. it is predicted the two sides will be back at the table next week. that means that the violence will continue through the weekend, at least. >> nick schiffron live in jerusalem, thank you. >> here in new york, pro palestinian protestors marsh to go city hall on wednesday, showing solidarity with the residents of ferguson. one group unfurling a joint palestinian flag from the manhattan bridge wednesday. that read gaza, boycott divestment sanctions. another 300 protestors chanted from ferguson to palestinian, resistance is justified. >> in ukraine, the death toll mounting at fighting intensifies
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in the rebel-held east. government forces recordly encircled donetsk and separatists shot down a ukrainian military jet on wednesday. >> bank of america with a settlement over shoddy mortgages, a $16.5 billion agreement to be announced in the next hour. it would be the largest settlement ever between the government and a single company. bank of america is accused of packaging those shoddy mortgages and selling them to investors in a run up to the 2008 crisis. >> a fire northeast of bakers field has destroyed homes and buildings, but some residents are being allowed to return home. in northern california, a fire is now 65% contained. it has burned through more than 600-acres. >> there are more storms in store for part of the "u.s.a. today," the question is where, after that round of bad weather left damage behind. >> for more, let's bring in
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meteorologist dave warren. the storms aren't going to be where we need them. >> a little too much in one place and the weather will not change much from yesterday. high pressure across the southeast, heat building up across the southern plains moving into the midwest, severe weather north of that high. yesterday, we had strong storms move through parts of tennessee with a lot of damage, trees down, damaging winds, power lines down, a number of people without power. we can expect to see that today, maybe not the exact same area, but there is severe weather happening now, and it's just north of this high, strong storms going from northwest to southeast. north of the high where we get that hot and humid air, but the air's a little unstable here, not directly under the high to the south, but to the north. severe weather, one area moved through yesterday, now others happening now, a watch in effect for the storms to continue to move through. expect severe thunderstorm warnings, flood warnings as well
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as this very heavy rain false over the same area. >> it could be getting ready to blow, that could be a problem. the volcanic eruption poised to shut down european air space. >> a new controversy brewing in ferguson, an officer pointing a rifle at the crowd, all caught on camera. the punishment he faces for his actions. >> a man out for a ride on his jet ski, getting more than he bargained for with a surprise a adequatic visit. that video on the others captured by citizen journalists from around the world. >> speaking of there she blows. [ laughter ]
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>> a scary scene in chile after a subway lost power. this is video of passengers evacuated from the trains stuck between the station there is. this followed a cracked rail line last week. >> a truck driver not having
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such a good day. his trailer demolishes a gatehouse. [ laughter ] >> watch for it. this is mississippi university. it did that, swings out, that's a sharp corner to have to turn. >> a jet skier out for a spin in the waters off iceland, getting a very up and close look at a whale. the animal lifts the vehicle on to its back. the driver reacted quickly. >> iceland, a volcano is on the verge of erupting. >> it could be a repeat of years ago when millions were stranded for days. how is this going to affect air traffic this time? >> well, i'm afraid there is a real risk we could all be back in the situation we were in four years ago, which is really not very much fun. this is remind ago lot of people
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about the last time the major volcano blew in iceland. you remember back in 2010, ash from the volcano, ladies and gentlemen, i think we need to take a moment at how good that pronunciation really was. >> say it again. >> i'm working for too little money, i really am here. it shut down air space for days. it caused chaos, stranding 8 million travelers. aviation worried it would clog engines. it was the biggest shut down of air space since world war ii. people are being told to evacuate the area near another volcano. all roads near the volcano are closed. they are worried about it being ready to blow. an earthquake shook the area. the big fear is it could lead to
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another travel disaster. >> what does this mean for the aviation industry and do they prepare? >> no, they don't. we have a jet engine and it sucks air into great big fans at the front and blasts it out. the worry four years ago was there would be tiny, tiny ash particles floating in the sky where they couldn't be seen or picked up by radar, so they grounded the aircraft. they were very concerned it would clog the jet in begins and bring them down. in the end, scientists think that might have been a slight exaggeration. nobody wants to take off in an aircraft if there's even a hint it could come down. that's why this is so serious. >> thanks for being with us this morning. >> we'll keep following that, john, thank you. >> thailand's army chief is taking over at prime minister. >> he says he led a coupe in may and now the legislators hand picked their new leaders.
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>> from korea soldier to coup leader. with little room for rivals both at the government level and on the streets. >> today, there will be protests starting again. are we going back to the old days? i'd like to ask that. if you want that, i will have to enforce the law. >> this is a different kind of coup that we've seen in thailand. we've had many coups, as you know, but if this time, the coup is absolute, absolute power, not did he go gating authority to a lot of tech no contracts like we have seen in the past. >> in typical military fashion, he has a master plan for thailand and working through it
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methodically. this was the moment when he announced the coup to the nation. >> to reform the social structure economically socially and other ways, create equality for every side, the committee consisting of army, army forces, navy and air fore, as well as the national police has to take control of power to administrate the country from 26 of may, 2014 from the time of 16:30 on wards. >> i think he is genuine in restoring the political order that we've had in thailand. his record is we've seen is not embroiled in financial scandals and corruption. he's a clean man of the strong-man mold as we've seen in the past. >> thailand has changed enormously since the word war.
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peek are much more connected, know their rights and willing to take a stand for them. taking power in this way makes it seem as if only he can get things done. public expectations that he can solve the many issues facing thailand are high, even more so now that he's prime minister. >> the military that he leads says it will restore democracy but hasn't given a time table os to when the next elections will be held. >> temperatures on the rise across the country today. we have more on that. >> this is just the start of a period of really extreme heat here. we have excessive heat warningings and advisories, the area is ed. ing across the south as hot air continues to build and move east. temperatures near 80 degrees, into the mid and upper 90s by the afternoon. when you factor in the heat and
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humidity and get that heat index, then you have a heat advisory and excessive heat warning across this area. this expanded east, heat advisory here. temperatures already into the upper 80s, close to 90 and this is the heat index when you factor in that heat and humidity, that will be well above 100 degrees. >> the u.s. revealing efforts to save an american journalist who was ultimately killed by the islamic state group. >> we talk about what options the government has trying to free americans. >> protestors in ferguson, missouri demanding answers after the death of michael brown. we'll look at what ferguson can learn from another major sufficient city when it comes to calming the crowds. >> former baseball slugger pete rose speaking about his ban from the game. why he hopes the leagues new commissioner will give him a second chance. >> looking at our images of the day, hundred was thousands of people in china affected by
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>> you're taking a live look at the capitol, cloudy there this thursday morning and congress still on recess. welcome to al jazeera america. ahead in our next half hour, a ferguson police officer is under fire for a shocking video, showing him pointing a gun at protestors and journalists. we will have the punishment he is now facing. >> the nfl latest proposal to take money from musicians has people asking why is the league tax-exempt? we'll delve into where the billions go in the league's finances. >> it is calm infer son, missouri following a visit by eric holder. he met with the family of michael brown and promise add fair and thorough investigation
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into the shooting death of that unarmed team. a county grand jury is hearing evidence in that case. >> president obama considering sending more troops to iraq working at security at u.s. installations. this follows the murder of journalist james foley. the president speaking out about that yesterday. >> an american doctor in effected with ebola is expected to get out of the hospital today. dr. kent brantley actually is walking out less than a month after he came down with the virus. he is he can specked to speak at a news conference in a few hours. his colleague, nancy writebol is expecting to be improving, as well. >> the president speaking out about the videotaped beheading of american journalist james noel lee, the president condemning his death, promising it will not go unpunished. >> the united states of america will continue to do what with he must do to protect our people. we will be vigilant and
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relentless. when people harm americans anywhere, we do what's necessary to see that justice is done. >> the white house revealing that foley and other americans held in syria were the focus of a failed rescue attempt earlier this year. a team of special forces sent to find them and rescue them came up empty handed. >> there are reports this morning that foley's captors demanded a huge ransom, more than $100 million. the u.s. on principle will not pay ransoms. the group is threatening to kill another journalist. here to shed light on attempts to free islamic state group hostages is an expert in terrorist hastage negotiations, joining us from fort lauderdale florida, this morning. what are the options when it comes to releasing american hostages held by a group like islamic state?
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>> there really are no options. in order to negotiate, both parties have to be willing to give up something. the ridiculous demands that isis is making will never be met by the united states government and the united states government in general has a policy of not negotiating with terrorists. there's likely to be back channel things going on, but i'm not optimistic about a positive outcome here. >> are there back channels that have a good rapport with isil that could help in this situation. >> it's hard to tell, because it's a fluctuating state over there, but we'll call on some other nation states or some other personal references to help, but no matter what we do, the fact is that they are using, unfortunately, this journalist as a decoy. they really don't want to exchange him. they only want to up their relation ships in that area to
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show how bad they are. >> there is as report that the group tried to ransom hill for over $100,000. what does that show about the psychology of this group that? >> they are making demands that will not be met. what they will say in order to influence people psychologically is we tried to negotiate with america. they're unwilling to meet the demands, so we have no choice. >> does the president, do other u.s. officials need to be careful about what they say? there is another journalist steven sotloff in the custody of isis. >> it's a balancing act in these cases. we have to be careful when we say, but what's more important is what we do. as the president reiterated, there are continuing and
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increased bombings to show america has its resolve over there and we're not going to give in to these demands. >> forensic psychologist harley stock, sir, thanks for joining us this morning. >> it has been a vital day in gaza. israeli airstrikes are leaving dozens of people dead, among them three top ma'am mass commanders. we have more from rafah. >> bombs struck close to 1:00 a.m. thursday morning. the entire building has been absolutely destroyed. the neighborhood is very much affected with homes uninhabitable surrounding this collapsed building. locals heard six explosions in the early hours of thursday morning, whenever israeli airplanes hit the site, as well as the three hamas commanders killed. we know that seven civilians were also killed, believe to have been in this building at the time. this is going to be a
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significant achievement for the israelis from their perspective. they will be able to sell this to the public, saying so far they have something to show for this war. up until now, we haven't heard, nothing has been made public about senior hamas commanders killed. these were three men that the israeli's had tried to kill before and made several attempts on their lives. >> at least 25 people have been killed in airstrikes on gaza overnight and into the early morning hours. >> there is a casualty reported in israel, as well. >> turning back to the latest on those american ebola patients, we are joined on the phone by our reporter, covering the situation. you were one of the first reporters on the scene when dr. brantley arrived at the atlanta hospital. what are you hearing about the possibility of him being released today? >> we had source that are telling us that dr. kent brantley will be released today, and in the coming days, that
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nancy writebol, the aid worker that worked along with him that came and flew over from liberia into atlanta will also be released. we'll wait to hear what he has to say. he's going to give a press conference later today. pretty amazing revelations that are happening right now, considering the fact that he was on his death bed just less than a month ago, was given the experimental serum that's made out of an independent crow, pharmaceutical company in southern california and now about three weeks later, here he is, being potentially released, sources are telling us, as early as today. pretty phenomenal recovery. >> and clearly well enough to be speaking at a news conference, which is incredible. what about his colleague, nancy writebol? what's the latest on her condition? >> we're told that she has improved as well and will likely be released in the coming days.
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that's what sources are telling us, you know, potentially over the course of this weekend, so great news for them, and maybe great news for folks that are suffering from this disease in west africa right now. if in fact this experimental serum helped them and if they can make this quickly, perhaps this is how we're going to get out of this overin west africa. >> that's an important point to make. we should point out robert is in ferguson, missouri where he has been covering the unrest. robert, thanks so much for joining us with this breaking news. >> an associate professor at the n.c. school of medicine joins us. thank you for joining us especially at late notice. it is good news, is this what you doctors would say is a medical miracle? >> it's amazing. i won't say it's a miracle, because people survive ebola
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without the medications these two patients have gotten, but it's great news. >> both of these doctors were kept in isolation at emery hospital. now that they are both expected to go home, are there precautions that family members will need to take in interact be with them, others? >> they are not con to my knowledgous anymore if they are being reds. they were in a very strict isolation ward, so i'm sure that doctors have made everything is all right, symptoms of resolved, complications managed. i do think for dr. brantley, one thing is that you can keep the virus in your semen for 12 weeks, because that's produced earlier, where blood is always turned around. that is something to keep in mind. he would know that having treated ebola victims. that's one thing. i don't think the family has to worry about contact with each other. i don't think people who interact with kids at the school or parents have to worry. >> because it's a virus, once it's gone.
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>> chicken pox can stay in your body, but ebola, the idea is that you won't spread it to anyone else. he's not testing positive for the virus. >> now the questions begin. what do we know about this experimental drug and is it too soon to say that z. map is responsible for this recovery? >> well, it's difficult to say if it's responsible, because dr. brantley did a couple different things and so did ms. writebol. being health care workers, they could manage things differently when they found they had symptoms. they might start rehydrating themselves or doing things it aright away as compared to the average person who might have a cold or eat the wrong thing, there's a delay maybe with other people. being treated in the u.s., they have access to so many other things. people with ebola die because they have liver failure, kidney failure, they get severely dehydrated and lose blood. they didn't have those same issues.
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>> it's very difficult to attribute the healing to the z. map. >> exactly. >> thank you for your expertise this morning. >> the cries continues overseas in africa. the quarantine there turning violent in liberia, soldiers opened fire on residents in the capitol city. that area was locked down. they were trying to contain the spread of the virus r. russ, but the residents demand to be let out. one man was shot, but no deaths are reported. >> overnight in ferguson, missouri, a new controversy, an officer taken off the streets for what he did during the protests. >> this officer threatened to kill a protestor. >> it was a cell phone camera that captured the officer's verbal threat as he pointed a semiautomatic rifle at a protestor. >> get back, what are you doing? >> stop points it? putle [bleep] gun down!
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>> a police lieutenant working the ferguson protests aims his rifle at the crowd on tuesday night. listen closely as the officer threaten to say kill one of the protestors. >> i will [bleep] kill you. get back. get back. >> you're going to kill him. >> did he just threaten to kill him? >> get back! >> what's your name, sir? >> go [bleep] yourself. >> your name is go [bleep] yourself. >> he is escorted from the area. the alcu referring to the action as "wholly unacceptable" demanded the officer be represent remanded, saying such behavior serves to heighten, not reduce tension. captain ron johnson seemed to agree. >> the minute we knew about that, we identified him. >> captain johnson announced the lieutenant has been suspended indefinitely adding these strong
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words. >> my personal opinion, i felt that that behavior disrespected his uniform, and also disrespected all the men and women that come out here each and every day in a dedicated effort to make ferguson a better place for all. >> this officer is lieutenant ray albers with the st.~ann police department, a town 15 miles away. turns out he's been disciplined before for his poor choice of words in the field. he'll undergo sensitivity training. he'd been covering the protest for four straight days and at one point had water and urine thrown at him. that didn't help with tensions. in this instance, he drew his weapon because he thought he saw a beebee gun in the crowd and felt threatened. >> also, last hour, we heard from an aljazeera political contributor, jason johnson, a political science professor and called the officer's actions outrageous. >> you have an officer that threatened to shoot people two
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days ago who got suspended. you have an officer who shot and killed someone in the middle of the day a week and a half ago. the community believes that if threatening somebody gets you suspended, shooting somebody should get you a bit more. >> lt. albers has been with the st.~ann police department since 1994, the chief saying his actions do not represent the officers who have been working hard to keep the peace in ferguson. >> del, in new york, at least two people were arrested while protesting the death of michael brown. more than 200 demonstrators took to the streets wednesday, chanting hands up don't shoot as they marched. >> a lot of people pointing out ferguson not the only city in the u.s. with deep divisions between the police and community. >> in los angeles back in 1992, a boiling point was reached. >> ferguson, missouri august 9, michael brown, and unarmed young black man shot and killed by police. los angeles california,
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august 11, an unarmed young black man is shot and killed by police. protestors in both cities take to the streets. these protests in ferguson turned violent. these in l.a. no less passionate stayed peaceful, begging the question why. >> there's a leadership that gets out in front in l.a. as soon as something happens. you have press conference, they're out there, they're having marches, having demonstrations, so it's like people have an outlet here, where in ferguson, it's like wild west. >> l.a. has been there before. >> april 29, 4 officers exonerated from shooting rodney king triggered race riots, more than 1,000 buildings destroyed by fire. >>er win small is the owner of
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shsmall auto body shop. he and six others stayed to protect the business to keep it from being burned to the ground. he doesn't want to go on camera saying he's worked hard to forget those horrible days and has tried to move on, but does tell me he has seen a change in the attitude of the neighborhood and the lapd, a change for the better. >> mother and daughter harriet martin and karlisa harrison lived through the riot. since those terrible days, they say the city has learned an important lesson. >> we learned that nothing got solved. i think we learned that we just burned up our city. >> what do you think the police learned? >> how to handle things differently. >> in the 22 years since the race riots, the lapd is a different force, non-white officers make up roughly 64% of the department compared to 41% in 1992. there's community policing and a civilian police commission.
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two days after ford was killed, the police met with residents. >> the first thing i asked for is any witnesses that may have seen anything that could come forward and tell us. >> while many residents hearsay there's still a lock of trust and racial discrimination. >> we keep getting shot by the police. >> in los angeles, at least the two sides talking. jennifer london, aljazeera. >> of course, while the nag guard has been called in to diffuse the situation in ferguson, residents who lived through the riots in l.a. say the soldiers that were there did little to help the situation. >> learned a lot, they say. >> the nfl looking to cash in on the success of the superbowl half time performance, but is it taking advantage of a tax loop home to do so. >> why the league is officially a non-profit. >> one of the teams we're all cheering for in the little league world series came up short last night, but it's not over yet. the dream is still alive. till alive.
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>> you're looking live at the first patient in the u.s. to ever receive an implant designed to reduce cluster headaches. he received a neurostimulator as part of a clinical trial. it's implanted beneath his cheekbone. >> just ahead, how the nfl is able to hold on to its tax felt status despite making billions. >> the u.s.s victim of a major security breach, malware discovered at cash registers in 24 states in stores. customers who use debit or credit cards between january and august may have had information compromised. >> americans are once again seeing a little more money in their paychecks. a private research firm released data showing median household incomes increased for the third year in a row. most workers have not recovered from the recession, today's income lower than 2009 levels.
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the recovery has been better for folks living in the midwest compared to those in the mideast and west coast. >> the nfl makes billions of dollars each and every year. the league's head office is tax exempt. the commissioner makes $30 million a year, and all that have money flows to the teams who then pay the taxes. it's coming up, because the league is said to be asking music act to say give a cut of future profits if they want to play at the superbowl. how is it possible that the league con still operate as a non-profit in this day and age when they make so much money? >> one of the key that is operating as a non-profit, it's not that you can't make money one to have pass it on and the nfl passes on everything beyond it's operating costs back to the clubs who are taxed.
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they become much more the business end of sports. >> a $30 million salary for a guy that heads a non-profit ain't bad. >> that is not bad. the commissioner has taken heat for that, because he would be the highest place in the game. >> a hotdog is what, still 40 bucks. >> i think so, yeah. >> they want to charge the musical acts that perform at half time. could this backfire? >> it could. they just reorganized their events division. the league has always done this and put on the cost of building and now they may have thought that half time acts get this great platform and it would be worth it for the act to say want to pay. >> there was a time when this was a league that pitted industry against industry, we're talking about the green bay
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packers and pittsburgh steelers. >> the allure of the league is its big money. it's the most watched television programming and the superbowl is its biggest platform. that's why we're talking about this. >> what we were talking about all day yesterday was something that didn't have to do with football, 35,000 people showed up to watch a little league baseball game yesterday, monet davis is on the front cover of sports illustrated. should the pros be taking a lesson from the little leagues and what america really wants when it comes to competition? >> there's a good argument about the muirty of competition in every format and money both heightens it and sometimes detracts from it. it's a tough line to walk. >> have you reached out to her as her agent yet? >> no, i'm done representing players. >> thanks for being with us this
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morning. >> pete rose is looking for a second chance. it's been 25 years since he was banned from life for baseball for betting on the sport, but rose now hopes baseball's new commissioner will welcome him back into the game. he said: >> rose is the game's all time hit leader, he is not, however in the hall of fame. >> a loss for the young foreign minister thrower monet davis. the team got roughed up by nevada 8-1. yesterday, she made the cover of sports illustrated. this weekend, nevada will play chicago for the little league championship. >> you could hear the announcers during the game saying that's a lot of pressure to put on the shoulders of such a young girl. >> i don't think it takes anything away from hurry success. she is still the record holder. >> she is great and we will be
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watching her play in the big leagues pretty soon. >> a storm system is picking up strength and could be a threat to the u.s. >> what's happening in the caribbean could be the problem here. it's being watched. if it does happen to develop, it's working its way toward the caribbean moving into dry air, but forecast to maintain intensity. if it continues to track in the northwest, it's going into an area of pressure, that may cause it to turn. these are all individual computer forecasts, gives us an idea where the storm may track. five or six days, there's a wide range of track possible, most beginning to turn this storm up the east coast, but one or two take it to the southeast.
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we will continue to watch the intensity and forecast and see how it interacts with the dry air to see if it has any impact across the southeast. that will be the big story over the next five or six days. >> been quiet so far. thank you very much. >> tomorrow morning on aljazeera america, an american doctor's incredible recovery from ebola. we'll update you on dr. kent brantley and his colleague, nancy writebol and ask how did they get better from the deadly virus. dr. brantley in just a couple of hours will be at a news conference speaking. he's doing a lot better. >> walked off the plane. that is it for us here in new york. >> coming up in just two minutes from doha, the latest on the israeli airstrikes that killed three of hamas top leaders. >> we will see you right back here again tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. >> thanks for watching. ing.
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>> hello, welcome to the news hour. here are your stop stories. israeli airstrikes kill at least 26 people in the gaza strip, including three hamas military commanders in rafah. >> stories from survivors of a massacre, human rights groups investigate claims of mass killings by the islamic state group in iraq. >> intense time for indonesia, the constitutional court decides whether last month's election was rigge